What (and how much!) we consume during Super Bowl weekend
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Are you ready for this? According to the National Chicken Council, Americans will consume 1.25 billion chicken wings this Super Bowl weekend.
If you're trying to watch your calorie consumption but can't bear the thought of giving up the Super Bowl tradition of hot wings and ranch dressing, try this healthy recipe for baked, crispy chicken fingers instead.
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One in seven (or 48 million) Americans will order takeout or have food delivered to them on game day. Who's knocking? Sixty percent of takeout orders are pizza. In fact, a recent survey completed by the National Restaurant Association revealed that 61 percent of people consider pizza a "must have" Super Bowl treat.
We know—sometimes nothing sounds better than pizza. And that's fine. But you can save hundreds of calories this year by making one of these delicious, healthier pies at home.
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While wings and pizza are the two most popular Super Bowl snacks, chips are close behind with an expected 11 million pounds of chips to be consumed on Sunday, as well as an estimated 4 million pounds of pretzels and 2.5 million pounds of nuts.
Chips are the ultimate football snack food, and a party's just not a party without them. Reach for baked versions instead of fried versions to enjoy the crunchy taste without breaking the calorie bank. And ditch creamy, fat-filled dips for this easy-to-make sweet pea and ginger dip. It cuts calories but packs serious flavor.
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Popcorn is another popular Super Bowl snack. The Calorie Control Council (CCC) estimates that consumers will eat 30 million pounds of snacks total, with 3.8 million of those being popcorn.
Further, CCC research suggests that people will take in a minimum of 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat on Super Bowl Sunday... from snacking alone!
Keep the mindless snacking at bay by making sure you fit at least three square meals in on Sunday. We love these fast and easy recipes that are not only healthy, but hardly require any cooking, leaving you with more time to entertain guests and watch the game.
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The California Avocado Commission estimates that in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, 12 million pounds of heart-healthy avocados will be purchased. On the actual day of the Super Bowl, Americans will consume 8 million pounds of guacamole.
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With the average watch party drawing at least 17 guests, it's no surprise that the Super Bowl is the biggest winter grilling weekend of all, as well as the second-biggest grilling weekend of the year (4th of July is first). Ten percent of Americans will serve some kind of grilled food, including hot dogs, hamburgers, bratwurst, and steak at their watch parties.
Get creative with your grilling—and boost your veggie intake—this weekend by tossing asparagus, sweet potatoes, or Brussels sprouts on the grill for a side that's delicious and nutritious.
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No watch party is complete without beer, and if past Super Bowl weekends are indicative of anything, Americans will drink 50 million cases of beer this weekend.The overall beer tab? $10.8 billion dollars. Ouch!
You can still enjoy a beer or two while you root for your team (or rate the best commercials) without ruining your diet. Our suggestion? Consult this list of the best low-calorie, but still flavorful, beers before kickoff.
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To complement the beer, Americans will also be spending $2.37 million on sodas and other soft drinks during Super Bowl weekend. To save money and calories, alternate between drinking soda and water, or ditch the soda all together and stick with H2O and drinks free of artificial sweeteners and empty calories.
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These are really for the day after the Super Bowl. Antacid sales see a 20 percent increase the Monday morning after the big game.
Six percent of Americans will also call in sick that same day. There's a reason why they don't call it Super Monday!